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Oklahoma football: Gabe Lynn ready for West Virginia redemption

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: September 3, 2013

Striker was recruited by Brent Venables and didn't expect to do much of that when he arrived at OU, but it's something he had experience in before.

“I made it into a craft and I've been doing it for a long time in high school and I'm getting better as I play,” Striker said. “The more reps I get, the better I get.”


Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said he could see sophomore defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, who was making his first start, getting more comfortable as the game went on Saturday.

“Jordan wasn't perfect in his technique but I thought he played a lot more aggressive throughout the course of the night and played with better velocity and speed,” Stoops said.

Stoops said he expected bigger things out of Phillips this season, especially with Chuka Ndulue and Torrea Peterson returning at the spot after missing the opener.

“Jordan, as good as he was the other night, can be so much better and so much more of a dominating player as he continues to grow in this system,” Stoops said. “We're starting to get guys that are hungry to be on the field, and that creates competition and that creates good work habits and better play, believe it or not.

“A lot of guys aren't self-motivated. They need to be motivated by competition and we're starting to develop that throughout our front guys.”


West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has coached in Norman a few times.

His players have yet to go through the experience. Many have yet to make any type of road trip.

“I'll do my best with explaining to the guys exactly what to expect,” Holgorsen told The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette. “It's my job to prepare them, to not only tell them what they're doing on all sides of the ball, but also this is a new experience for about 35 guys who will be traveling with us to Norman.

“That's a lot of inexperience, but we won't let them use it as an excuse.”

Holgorsen isn't thrilled about playing OU, especially after last year's wild 50-49 Sooners win.

“I've been asked a lot if I'm excited about playing Oklahoma in Week 2 or if I'd rather play them Week 12,” he said. “The truth is I'd rather play them never because they're pretty good. I don't know if it really matters, to be honest with you.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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